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Posted on 12/23/2008 5:55:03 PM PST by Labyrinthos
For the last three weeks, I have had difficulty accessing Free Republic from my office desktop computer. Although I can connect at times, more often than not, I get the the "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage," error message. I do not have a problem connecting with other websites
I am running Win XP/SP 3. I know my employer has not blocked access, because I own the business. I am also able to access Free Republic using other PC's on the office network, including my notebook PC. I have tried just about everything that I can think of including system restore; disabling firewalls, Spybot S & D, Adware, and Windows Defender; uninstalling Norton Internet Security 2009 (using the Norton Removal Tool and two different registry cleaners); clearing cookies, history, temporary internet files, and other cache files.
The only thing left that I can think of is that I have disabled many of the worthless "services" that run in the background and slow the system to a crawl and sometimes I kill one too many. However, I am unaware of any particular service that would effect access to s single website, as opposed to the Interet in general.
Does your computer have a unique firewall the others don’t?
You seem to have cleaned everything there is to clean, so I have to assume that Google has hacked your PC.
Jokes aside, take a look in the tools and make sure FR wasn’t accidently added to your blocked site list. Crazier things have happened.
I know my employer has not blocked access, because I own the business.
I’m not a computer geek, but there is something else to consider. At times I cannot get certain sites due to weather conditions and/or trunk conditions;so I go to another server to get the sites and/or to get to the sites in a more timely manner.
“Owning your own business” only goes so far in the New American Idol business environment being built for us. Has Rod Blagoyovich appointed Caroline Kennedy as your IT manager without your knowing it, and maybe you just haven’t gotten the memo?
...easily remedied by moving to Linux or Mac.
The next time it happens, try opening a command prompt, and type:
then hit enter, wait a few seconds, and the try reloading the page.
If the kell button is loose certain signifiers will transmogrify into micro-zots. Beware!
Exactly my point. No need to put up with Microsoft BS.
Why must every legitimate software question be hijacked by an iSnob?
I would think the next thing to try would be an alternate DNS provider. DNS is the service offered by your provider that turns our “www.freerepublic.com” into an IP address. This service is usually put on overloaded servers, unfortunately.
I use OpenDNS, a free service, instead. They offer a much better service. Easy instructions at the link.
Easy workaround is to install another browser (like Firefox) and completely avoid IE.
I agree. It’s really pathetic and not a help at all to someone who is trying to make something quickly work.
Good point. And the new beta for Firefox 3.1 is considerably faster in rendering than the old one, which was faster than IE anyway.
It does. My firewall is part of Norton Internet Security 2009. I still had the same access problems, however, when I uninstalled NIS.
Some of us are too old or tired of advances to “change”....switching to Mac doesn’t cut it, so please cut the bullshit, and stay on topic. Thanks in advance.
Nothing wrong with Windows except for their Vista. Windows XP Professional works fine for me.
It's actually fairly easy to test.
1-Set your computer to boot first from the CD drive. Unless you have a bootable CD in the drive, it isn't going to do anything to your system.
Go to Distrowatch, and download the ISO for a bootable Linux (Ubuntu, if you want a full featured one with lots of bells and whistles, something like Puppy if you want a small one that's quick, but fairly lean in features).
3 - Burn the ISO to a CD (don't copy, just burn the image, usually by clicking on it).
4 - Make sure that the computer is plugged into an ethernet cable and the new cd is in the drive.
Run the connection wizard, if necessary
6 - open the browser (Firefox or SeaMonkey)
7 - Test the connection by going to CNN
Try going to FR.
You should also clear out your cookies, temp internet files, and browsing history. That sometimes cures 'twilight zone' issues with IE.
You should also give Firefox a try.
Hmmm...Well, this isn’t a thrill, but maybe a reinstall might be the ticket.
Maybe geeks can provide a better answer than this.
I use satellite service cause I live in the country, can I use the Open DNS?
I’m dabbling in Linux these days. Any idea where I can get a driver for a Lexmark wireless printer?
Sorry but you have entered the land of Linux reality.
Open source is grrrrreeeeaaat! they say. Until you need a driver.
The Slashdot types would tell you to write it yourself. Rude but it’s really the only option unless the OEM supplies one.
That won’t be a problem. Any DNS you use outside of DNS caching in your router or computer will need to go out over the long travel time to come back. OpenDNS is a more reliable DNS option, but for satellite service, you may not notice a speed increase.
Also, when was the last time you ran a virus scan?
TurboPrint helped me out with a Canon MX850, which in Canon's infinite stupidity, wrote proprietary communication protocols for. I've never been so *issed. Been a Canon customer for decades.
I don’t need to test a thing. I have no problem with XP and I’ve already played with the various flavors of Linux, and nobody has been able to demonstrate to me why I should ‘change’.
Funny, how the 0bamunists and their ‘change’ mantra sound suspiciously like Linux fanatics, lol
i like it!
Are you there?
Well how the heck did that happen?
If, instead, he drove a Pontiac, this wouldn't be a problem.
Aren't we both so very clever?
One of us is.
Of course, neither of us really wanted to be.
Just a couple of stand-up guys.
I could have said that as well, until M$ released a patch which blocked internet access. I had to turn off the automatic updates after I got that one fixed.
But, if you have no problems, perhaps you should upgrade to Vista to get some for free.